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viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. centrally involving the attempted christmas bombing in the united states, before we get to it, i want to give you some of my own thoughts about that attempted terrorist attack. senator dianne feinstein says that she believes the united states government should overreact rather than underreact to these kinds of events. isn't that exactly backwards? the purpose of terrorism is not to kill the few hundred that are attacked. but to terrorize the tens upon tens of millions who watch. terrorism is unique as a military strategy and that it depends for its effectiveness on the response of the society. for it to work all of us have to respond with fear and hysteria. so far we are doing just that. i don't meaning to suggest by this that the system worked. obviously it didn't. when u.s. officials got information from the terrorist's father they should have immediately checked if he had a visa and hut him on a no-fly list and not allowed him to enter an airplane with a bomb, makeshift bomb. these are all mistakes and should be fi
. there are a lot of folks here in the united states who have, as you mentioned, family members, relatives or friends there. they need that information. i'm glad that you were able to provide it for us. chris lawrence, one of a team of reporters who have arrived there in haiti and will be following the story throughout. there's a big part of this story that is actually taking place in the united states. specifically, in south florida. there are some 350,000 haitians living in south florida for, governor charlie crist, this is one very busy day. there you see him. i have been monitoring his comings and goings throughout the day as he meets with community leaders and tries to take care of the problems that are coming about. it's been a sleepless night for him and for his aides. he will join us in just a little bit. stay there. big deal, pe 5uade him. is it wise to allow a perishable item to spoil? he asked, why leave a room empty? the additional revenue easily covers operating costs. 65 dollars is better than no dollars. okay. $65 for tonight. you can't argue with a big deal. >>> being from
the mood here -- enormous am of enemies. you see a -- the united states remains slowly crawling out a recession. there is a sense we are saddled with debt. are we witnessing some kind of power transition? >> you know, i think phrasing it in terms of a power transition, fareed, makes what's always a mistake in the economic area. which is to think in terms of zero subgames. we are witnessing an incredible and profound change in china and india and in many other emerging countries. we are seeing living standards grow from more people, more quickly, than at any point in global history. that is a hugely positive thing and it is a very fundamental thing. but that success is not if we pursue the right policies a threat to the united states. it is an enormous opportunity, it is more potential for us to grow our capacity, export than there ever has been before. that's why the president set a goal of doubling our exports over the next five years in the state of the union it created 2 million jobs. and in the process. it is more potential for the united states to benefit from lower priced prod
blacks. the united states, for example, didn't recognize haiti for the first 58 years of its existence until 1862, a year after the u.s. civil war began. that was the official beginning of what continues to this day to be a difficult relationship. in 1915, the u.s. sent in landing force to occupy the island nation and haitian president had just been assassinateded and the country was in a state of chaos and some say america wanted to protect its investments there. whatever the reasons for coming, the americans stayed for almost 20 years. and it was an often brutally occupation. the americans under franklin roosevelt withdrew but essentially of their own volleynition 1934. haiti remained a trouble and deeply chaotic place. 60 years later, they were back. in 1994, under the clinton administration, the american military fwhent again. this time, they came to restore democracy and two years later, haiti saw for the first time in its then almost 200-year history peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected president to another. then the earthquake. and late wednesday afternoo
obama will have been leading the united states for exactly one year. the year was filled with challenges, afghanistan, iraq, the economy, health care. how did he meet those challenges? we spoke back in november with an extraordinary panel of eminent historians. peggy noonan, robert carol, nell irving painter. a terrific conversation. i thought it was important to bring it to you again now as we look back at the president's first year. also on the show, a battle you may never have heard of. you will want to learn all about it. many say it encapsulated many of the problems that america faces in the war at large. the best military report, military expert in the country, tom bricks, joins me to tell you about it. while much of the focus of the nation and the show is on the hotspots around the world, what about the rest of the world? we will talk with the famous international writer and scholar of singapore to get a very different perspective on the world. let's get started. >>> all day long on cable, news talk shows, we hear about how president obama's doing. on fox, some say he's a socialis
in the united states. checking this. count three is a willful attempt to rewreck and destroy an aircraft. again, this is literally coming into my ear as i am sharing it with you, and my producer is sharing the information, a ha! here we go. i just was able to finally open up this attachment that shares the information with us. i will go through with it one more time. all times -- do we have a steady cam to bring around? go ahead, robert. make your way over here. let me share it with the viewers here. i don't want to spend too much time on it, but being an important story, i want to show it. come in tight. grand jury charges common allegations at all times material to the indictment, delta airlines with the commercial flight, and two -- and goes on to explain exactly what happened there. is abdulmutallab, the defendant, who is a nigerian pas snational was a passenger on the flight, and then it talks about petn, and high explosive within the meaning of section 921 united states code. all of the stuff that essentially we have been talking about over the last week, but this makes it official, and t
here in the united states now. british authority said there's no specific intelligence of any planned attack but urge residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. >>> and you're hearing about how americans view year one of president obama's presidency. see the difference overseas, is there a difference between what the people are saying here versus overseas? >>> and counterfeit diet capsules can kill you. interesting thing he's are diet capsules of ones you see every day in your local supermarket or pharmacy, right on the shelf, over the counter. so you want to pay attention. we'll tell you where the fake versions are being sold. >>> i want to say buyer beware. you see right there over my shoulder -- this side. those pills you have seen them on the shelves and seen the commercials. really be careful. this is a buyer beware if you're taking allil alli, the diet pil or just bought a bottle, you need to make sure they're not the fake ones. the fake ones can actually make you very sick and they can actually kill you we're being told. the fda warned consumers counterf
immigrants living here in the united states. because of the earthquake they will be granted 18 months of temporary protective status. >> tps is what it's called. while haitians here see it as an opportunity to push for changes, our ed lavandera says it's not an open invitation for haitians to come over. >> reporter: thousands of haitian immigrants, many in the united states illegally, are applying for what's called temporary protective status or tps. it allows haitian nationals to live in the u.s. legally for the next 18 months. for years, haitian americans lobbied for tps but many advocates now see an opportunity to make bigger changes, to ease years of immigration restrictions towards haitians coming to the united states. >> this now is an opportunity for haiti to change. this is the time right now. and many people this is the last time. a lot of people feel like this is our time. >> reporter: horrifying images like these have been common in the ocean waters between the united states and haiti. it's a dangerous and deadly journey for many who try to make it to american shores. every
there in the middle east. the united states closed its embassy in yemen, citing fears in al qaeda might try to stage an attack. also, britain closing its doors at its embassy there as well. there's still no word as to when either will reopen. meanwhile, breaking news on a related security story. the transportation security administration has just unveiled new directives for certain international flights. samantha hayes joins us live from washington to talk about the new directives and the story developing out of yemen. the new directives in effect tomorrow. >> these are dramatic, brooke. starting tomorrow, tsa is mandating every person flying into the u.s. from or through a country that's a state sponsor of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through a hand screening or secondary screening. that can include body scans, patdowns and other regulations. and this is sure to slow down the boarding process but it also comes after the u.s. government stepping up counterterrorism efforts in yemen which is emerging as a more serious front in the war on terror. on the southern tip
in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we see barack obama from two lens this week. on the one hand, he's the president. directing america's formidable might to ease the plight of millions in haiti. on the other, he's the de facto head of the democratic party. a party that just suffered a major electoral loss. there's lots of analysis what went wrong for the democrats, whether the country is in ideological terms to the left or sxrit what else this means for obama's presidency. is he a lame duck? let's start with some historical perspective. obama's approval ratings one year into his tenure are roughly the same as ronald reagan, bill clinton, jimmy carter's. the two bushes had higher ratings. 41 because of the collapse of the soviet union. and 43, because of 9/11. and the rallying effect that had on the presidency. so obama's situation is not dramatically worse than many of his predecessors which means it can be corrected. but what should he do? i would put it very simply. obama needs to start acting like a president and particularly the president he campaigned to be
in yemen is an organization that can reach out and touch the united states. that's a major reason general david petraeus went to yemen over the weekend and met with the president there and took messages and we are told pieces of information, and that's a direct quote from a senior u.s. official. pieces of information to president obama. the bottom line they are talking about targeting al qaeda. general petraeus made rare open remarks about yemen over the weekend. >> it's a country that has a lot of challenges. the reduction in oil production, although gas is going up, thankfully. many of the challenges of countries that are in the process of development, rugged terrain, tribal areas and so forth. and so very important, indeed, that yemen has taken the actions that it has, and indeed that not just the united states, but countries in the region, its neighbors and so forth have provided significant assistance. >> what comes next, heidi? yemen has taken actions. there will be more sharing of intelligence and more targeting information, and more training and equipping of yemenen security force
interview, the strategy of the united states government is to prevent the president from being overthrown. there's a secessionist movement going on there. internally there's a huge urban youth goal and on top of it, people don't have jobs. yemen is feared to become a failed state like somalia. when you see ohio it's gene graphically positioned between somalia and yemen, it's a vice that the united states just can't let happen. >> all right, so listen, is this a precursor to anything that we should be concerned about, especially as americans? >> i think it is, because what we have right now is really good diplomacy going on because they're trying to establish legitimacy with the government of yemen and with the arab street because these bombings are going to happen, and legitimacy is going to be half the battle. the other part of it is going to be proper target selection of legitimate targets that have had to do with either giving sanctuary to al qaeda or threatening the survival of the state of yemen, and we have to avoid collateral damage in the process. >> ken, what i'm really asking is
room of the white house. the president of the united states is going to be coming out in the next couple of minute, and he is going to be giving a very important statement. if you are the president of the united states, and over the last week and a half, you have been hammered by the press over the way members of your administration have handled the incident in detroit on christmas day. what do you do? what to you do? think about this. you change the subject. that is what you do. you make sure that people start to talk now about jobs, and about your effort to try to improve the economy for all americans. that is what we expect that the ptd of the united states is going to attempt to do today. looking at the monitor, i see the president still has not come out, so we will go to the white house with ed henry who is our white house correspondent, and he is following things for us. so what do we expect the president to talk about, ed? >> well, rick, he is going to be talking about spending more of the stimulus money on what he likes to call clean energy jobs to turn around what is an a
while we understand politically why the vice president is saying it, i am certain that the united states court of appeals for the district of columbia will affirm the dismissal of those case against the blackwater employees. >> really? i think richard is now with us. richard, weigh in on this. do you agree with that? >> i agree it's politically motivated, fred. put it in perspective, here's united states government decided to appeal the united states' government decision against the misconduct, a penalty imposed by the trial judge to dismiss the case. look, the government is appealing the government's prosecutorial misconduct. just great. >> talk about john edwards. interesting legal woes for him. it really gets complicated. doesn't it? you know already there's a grand jury case or investigation, but might this now be broadened out now that he's admitting to this affair, admitting that he's the father of a child. he has not admitted to the allegations of misuse of campaign funds, which is really at the core of all of this, but i wonder, avery, does the plot thicken because there are his
.s. passport. >> yes. >> reporter: and you've made this trip between the united states and nigeria many, many times? >> yes. about 20 times. >> reporter: really. dating back how far? >> 1995. >> reporter: this is emmanuel's boarding pass from the flight on christmas day, flight 253. >> as the pilot announced the descent into the detroit area, this sound. >> reporter: five rose directly in front of him an explosive device ignites. >> people started screaming, oh, there's smoke, there's smoke. >> reporter: the plane lands and what goes through your mind. >> i just expressed to god thank you for my life. >> reporter: alive, but soon under scrutiny. his name and travel records flash red flags to government officials on the ground. cnn learned emmanuel was tracked in a massive database called taks. >> they were picking some people at random for questioning. >> reporter: did they ever say that you were part of a government database that tracks people when they fly? >> not at all, not at all. >> reporter: the government database houses everything from immigration violations and criminal records to w
that have fallen altogether. so what we have here are -- there are several crews from the united states, three crews that have been working their way to haiti, getting there as fast as they could along with equipment to lift up these massive slabs of concrete. we can take it again from the top. what we're seeing here is this group from fairfax. let's listen into it. [ applause ] >> reporter: you can see here basically what's happening is we knew there were people and there still are, people who have been trapped under rubble. the u.n. said it could have been one of the worst days in its history in recent years. obviously there are a lot of lives at stake right there. it's not the kind of thing that people just on their own can come along and pull up the stuff. you need the power and the equipment to lift up the concrete that's there. so we have this group now from fairfax. you're well familiar with them. as we can see they have managed to rescue one person. we also know there are other crews on the way to various sites in haiti, including the u.n. headquarters and their goal there is to
an horrific attack on the united states. the president on his first full day in the white house after the vacation will be demanding answers about what went wrong and pointing blame, what went wrong, what are you going to fix now to prevent future attacks, that's really the point of all of this. >> yeah, and it's a good reminder there, as you are with the president, the president is vacationing, and you can see so are other folks getting on with their lives. we can hear the music with people there on vacation in hawaii. we appreciate your report. >>> new evidence about growing concern for political instaeblgt instability in yemen and sew malia. this video shows fighters gearing up for battle. they are ready to battle in somalia and yemen. yemen is tightening security along its coast. earlier i discussed the situation in yemen with ken robinson. i asked him if he thinks the general's trip could be a precursor to wider u.s. action in yemen. >> reporter: i think it is. because what we have right now is really good diplomacy going on, because they're trying to establish legitimacy with th
ways they are an accurate portrayal of the state of politics in the united states. >> you say it's fairly accurate. what about it is accurate? >> that if you go back to something that a columnist for the new york times wrote several weeks ago, basically whites in the united states were willing to vote for a black candidate who was, quote/unquote, racially ambiguous. that's what charles blow said. that puts blacks in a quandary in terms of how do you talk about race in you can't talk about it directly because when you talk about it directly, as reid did, you find yourself thrown in the briar patch. >> tony, what about the use of the word "negro" a term my parents may use but usually people of our generation don't. the fact that he went on to say "when he wants to" almost saying that when he wants to, barack obama can maybe talk jive. >> let me start by saying i don't think people generally should have their careers ended because they say something that is dumb or seems to be dumb. whether you're a republican or democrat, liberal or conservative. no like what we have been doing ove
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. >> as of now, all passengers on flights headed into the united states will be subject to random screening, not the intensive screening that's been in place since christmas day. those flying from certain countries or with passports from those countries will be required to go through enhanced screening that could include full body pat-downs, scanning and explosive detection swabs. this according to a new directive and now in effect. the countries include those that are listed by the state department as sponsoring terrorism -- cuba, iran, sudan and syria. the other countries were chosen because of concerns particularly about al qaeda affiliates. they are afghanistan, algeria, iraq, lebanon, libya, nigeria, pakistan and yemen. pilots on in-bound flights can prevent passengers from keeping pillows and blankets in their laps and to limit movement in the cabin. the president's top counter terrorism adviser fanned out across the talk shows sunday to say though there were lapses in sharing intelligence prior to attempted christmas attack there is no smoking gun. he rejected comparisons to the fail
. and today i am announcing that the united states government will appeal this decision. our justice department will file that appeal from the judges' decision next week. >> and the vice president also discussed the upcoming iraqi elections. more than 500 iraqi candidates might be banned from the march race because of past links to the outlawed political party of saddam hussein. >>> americans have opened their wallets and their hearts to help haitians with donations to the red cross, to unicef, wyclef jean's charity and many, many other charities. but how much of your donation actually goes to those in need of the money most? we'll show you these three people here. they donated to three charities. and guess what, we're going to break down their dollars, where their money is going coming up. you want to know. big nighttime breathing relief... introduces-- drum roll please-- new breathe right extra. the only strip with an extra spring-like band, it's 50% stronger for congested noses that need extra help in opening nasal passages... so you breathe even better. and now get two free sampl
into the united states. so, these are all some of the issues that will be the focus today, but certainly the president not very happy about how the intelligence was gathered and handled in this case. and he wants to get to the bottom of it to make sure that something like this does not happen again, kyra. >> all right, dan lothian, thanks so much. >>> and don't forget president obama talks airline security, 4:00 p.m. eastern, you'll see him live right here at cnn. >>> at this hour, at google's headquarters, the company is unveiling the nexus one, aka, the google phone. details have been popping up on the web for weeks, raising big expectations and some pretty big questions. your company actually mentioned the word "underwhelming." we've got that word. but the head lines here, the google phone cometh, it's like the second coming of christ. >> we have this sort of hyperbolic reaction in the run-up to the iphone and since the iphone we've been waiting for a second coming of sorts. google has put its operating system in a number of handsets. this is the first time it's taken sort of an activ
and this attack, he said, is also a message to the united states for the cia and to the jordanian intelligence that you can't buy somebody off. you can't buy them away from their fate, because, of course, the jordanian intelligence and the cia thought he was an operative for them. he turned out to have been a double agent, fred dreek kaw. >> what are the implications? video for the cia, for jordanian intelligence agencies, et cetera? >> reporter: we've been talking here with an analyst very familiar with security operations in jordan and throughout the region, and from his perspective, this is going to mean a real close, hard look at all agents, any country is running in that reason, and there are lots of different countries who are running agents in and around the pakistan/afghan border trying to get on, to the al qaeda leaders. everyone will have to look at these spies they're running and figure out if they can trust them. the bottom line here is, trying to track down al qaeda leaders, the analysis has to be, this is going to cause a setback. it's going to take time to reanalyze all of those
accountable, ed, for the security mistakes that he calls here in the united states. explain to us what he is talking about. what he means by that. >> well, he is zeroing in on this cia and potentially other intelligence officials who have sort of what is called a pre-9/11 mentality and in the early part, the preliminary findings the president ordered that he get by last thursday and what we told by other officials is that the cia knew that the eventual suspect had some or appeared to have some ties to extremists in yemen, and potentially elsewhere and did not share that with other intelligence officials, and that is the kind of breakdown we saw that led to 9/11, but thankfully in this case, it fizzled out, because it did not fully detonate, but it could have been a horrific attack on christmas day. the president on tuesday, the first full day at the white house will have after this vacation, cia leaders and other bell jens leaders in the situation room demanding answers and beyond that pointing blame, and what went wrong and what are you going to fix now? how do you prevent future attacks
, and he was working for them and the united states. it killed seven cia operatives and a jordanian military officer. by all accounts the u.s. and the jordanians thought this man was a trusted agent, because in the past he had given them valuable information that they thought was verified and accurate. but looking at his identity, this man whose name is al-awlaki came from the same place as zarqawi. >> the u.s. must have trusted him because they did not search him at all, and i imagine a lot of that sort of investigation or relationship was built-up even before with the jordanians. i know king abdullah is of course a u.s. ally in the middle east. could this have an impact between the u.s. and jordon? >> the jordanians don't speak about it publicly, but king abdullah and the jordanian government for years helped the united states covertly on the war on terror. they thought the man had information about zawahri, bin laden's number two man. and jordon is a valuable ally to the u.s. this puts king abdullah in a position. he is helping with all of this. but on the other hand he is well t
will be affected by this. >> as of now, all passengers on flights heading into the united states will be subject to random screening, not the mandatory intensive screening that has been in place since christmas day. but those flying in with passports will be required to go through enhanced screening. that could include full-body patdowns, full-body scanning and explosive detection swabs. issued by the transportation security administration and now in effect. the countries include those who are officially listed by the state department as sponsoring terrorism. the other countries were chosen because of concerns particularly about al qaeda affiliates. they are afghanistan, algeria, iraq, lebanon, libya, nigeria, pakistan, saudi arabia, somalia, and yemen. in addition, pilots on inbound flights will have the discretion to prevent passengers from keeping pillows and blankets in their laps and to limit movement in the cabin. >> the president fanned out across the talk shows on sunday to say although there were lapses and errors in sharing intelligence prior to the attempted christmas attack, there is
condition. but there is such a connection between the united states and haiti that there is a lot of americans here who are trying to get out. >> cnn's anderson cooper. there you see him on the scene trying to rescue a little girl. anderson, we hope they do rescue her and if there is any development, we'll get back to you. appreciate it. food aid is starting to reach the people who need it the most. our karl penhaul is port-au-prince and he joins us now. what is the scene now. >> reporter: as night falls, in fact, the aid operations stop. certainly those that are backed by the united nations, because they have very strict security guidelines, and, of course, this is one of the problems that the united nations who has its peacekeeping force here are very mindful, very worried about, the potential breakout of violence and also general chaos associated with that food distribution. now earlier on, as you know, because we were talking at the time, we saw an american helicopter swooping down, about ten feet off the ground and dumped boxes of aid off the side on to the ground there. that
for the united states and the west. the u.s. government today close its embassy in yemen's capital citing the possibility of terrorist violence. britain has shut down its embassy as well. president obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism explained the decision on cnn's "state of the union." >> i spoke with our ambassador in yemen, ambassador sesh, both this morning as well as last night, and there are indications that al qaeda is planning to carry out an attack against a target inside of sanaa, possibly our embassy, and what we do is to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of our diplomats and citizens abroad. so the decision was made to close the embassy. we're working very closely with the yemeni government on taking the proper security precautions. >> as we've been reporting, u.s. centcom commander general david petraeus was in yemen just yesterday for talks with that country's president. >>> the u.s. embassy is in the capital of sanaa. the ambassador is steven seche, a career foreign service officer who's been with the state department for nearly 30 ye
on purpose. undercover. and you'll see that measures vary from airport to airport in the united states. >> and more of this interview next hour with our jeanne meserve. >>> pakistani intelligence officials now count five u.s. drone attacks over the last week. they're aimed at militants. the pace of the strikes has picked up considerably since a suicide bomber killed seven cia officers in afghanistan. pakistan says the latest drone attack killed at least 13 al qaeda or taliban. >>> the first portrait of princes william and harry together went on display at london's national gallery today. it shows the brothers in formal dress uniform in casual poses. the painting was done in five sittings by the artist nikki phillips. no matter how many layers you put on today, you'll probably need to double it by the weekend. intense wind and bitter windchills have everybody bundling up. we're back in a moment. hey, mayor white. how you doing? great. come on in. would you like to see our new police department? yeah, all right. this way. and here it is. completely networked. so, anything happening, suz?
. that prompted -- the word got to the rescue teams in here for the united states. and they sent the team over noontime today and they've been here every since. we had a couple of tremors since we've been here in the last few hours. two dogs up that smelled for signs of life. life only -- that was two different dogs, two different times. they hit on a living scent. they started to drill a six-inch-wide hole. they dropped down a camera and they also dropped down some sound equipment. but they didn't hear anything. plus they got those hits. kept digging deeper and deeper with the drill hammer. and then they at 8:00 at night sent another dog up from the l.a. county fire department it got a hit in the same spot. they're digging deeper to see if they can find signs of life of that one employee that might be down there. as amazing as that is, four days after the earthquake hit. and there's another possibility that another employee of another office in this same building might also be down there. we're going to be going -- this particular team will be working until midnight tonight and then they'll b
information we'll bring it to you. >>> flights transporting haitians into the united states have been stalled because of logistical issues. there's been no policy to suspend the flights but the situation arose because they were running out of room. charlie crist has asked the federal government to help florida pay the costs of treating those patients. >> they're not stopping coming into florida. i wrote a letter to secretary sibelius explaining assistance would be helpful to us. it will make a difference, because of florida's proximity we bore the brunt of it. we are happenty to continue. >> there have been 435 medivac flights from haiti to florida so far. >>> millions of dollars have poured into haiti, but the situation there is still desperate. barbara star reports. >> reporter: desperate haitians still struggling for food, water and shelter nearly three weeks after the earth wake. more than 100 countries and 500 relief organizations and 20,000 american troops are here. it's still not enough for the more than 1 million displaced. listen to the top u.s. commander. >> we're still not up to me
can these survivors go? what do they have to look forward to when they get there? the united states and some other countries have been generous with aid, but as far as taking relph f refugees, that's a different story. any haitians in the u.s. as of january 12th when this earthquake occurred, can apply to remain in the u.s. for 18 months, but that doesn't address the number of people in haiti who have nothing to live -- nothing to do while they're there, no -- no income, no home, where do they go. mark heckfield joins us now, he's in new york. he's with the heebrew immigrant aid society. he's helping relocate haitians. what happens to the hundreds of thousands of hairtians who don' have a home and no livelihood? >> this is no option for those trying to escape the disaster. the u.s. is trying to bring in those who need medical treatment and they're bringing in orphans, but there's no right to flee natural disasters, so my understanding is there is trying to find places in haiti to stay as idps or internally displaced persons and they will be setting up idp camps for that purpose. >>
to welcome our views are around the world to cnn this evening here in the united states. 5:00 p.m. eastern on the east coast. we want to get right to our breaking news now. our anderson cooper is on the ground where they are trying to rescue a little girl, anderson right in the middle of it. what do you know? >> don, this has been going on for some four hours now and 15 or 20 minutes ago they got the best possible news, which are for the first time in the four hours that rescue personnel from l.a. county fire search and rescue teams have been working on this site, they got a distinctive three taps. they -- for the last four hours, they have sent in three different dogs that could recognize the scent of a living human being. one dog got what they described as showing interest but there were no positive hits. they would send in very delicate audio equipment, microphones and listening devices to hear and ask what they would yell into the rubble whether or not, if somebody could happen three times. and they would hear noises, they would hear what they thought was moaning one tile. they thought
transporting critically injured haitians into the united states have been temporarily suspended because of logistical issues. the white house says there is no official policy to suspend the flights, but the situation arose because they were running out of room. florida governor charlie crist has asked the federal government to help florida and other states to help pay the cost of treating those patients. >> they're not stopping coming into florida. i wrote a letter to secretary sebelius that federal assistance would be helpful to us and if we could share that with some of our sister states, it would make a big difference. because of florida's proximity to haiti, we've born the brunt of it. we're happy to continue. >> according to the white house, there have been 435 medevac flights from haty to the united states so far. >>> millions of dollars have poured into haiti, but the situation there is still desperate. barbara starr reports. >> reporter: desperate haitians still struggling for food, water and shelter nearly three weeks after the earthquake. more than 100 countries and 500 relief
at this and ask the same questions that the president of the united states will hopefully answer about an hour and a half from now. i have to tell you that i am surprised as you are and i expected that the president would be speaking at 3:02 and now it is 3:01 and we have learned from the white house he will be push back the speech, so you are going to be going through this with us. here is first thing i want to tell you about. we have assembled a panel of folks who will be taking us through this. let me tell you who we have on board before i show you the video and hang tight, because the video is worth watching. congresswoman sheila jackson lee is going to be joining us. she will take us through what the reaction is from the democratic side and how much she thinks that the president should take, how much heat. and also, from the sacramento region, we will have dan joining us. and our own cast of characters, ed henry, the white house senior correspondent will be here, and chris lawrence from the pentagon is going to be joining us as well to take us through what is going on in the military side
in the united states. >> how are you feeling? >> and cnn has a team of reporters throughout haiti live this hour. soledad o'brien, gary tuchman, ivan watson, and anderson cooper. i'd like to welcome our viewers from 210 countries from around the world. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. much of the earthquake coverage has been focused on the damage in the capital city of port-au-prince. tonight we take you to another haitian city practically wiped off the map. 90% of it is flattened. so let's get right to it with cnn's anderson cooper, who has been on the go non-stop since this disaster struck five days ago. tonight he is in port-au-prince, but earlier today he visited the town of leongan near the epicenter of the quake. what did you find? >> the town is severely damaged. whether or not 90% i can't say for sure. but i did soo so many structures that had some form of damage and like you said some completely flattened. much different atmosphere than in port-au-prince. you don't get the buildings as high as they are here or as pushed together. so
in an operation off the coast of greece with the fbi and cia working together, flown back to the united states and put on trial. this notion of captures terrorists and putting them on trial has been long-standing policy that started ronald reagan and continued by george herbert walker bush and by bill clinton and george w. bush. >> is this partisan. >> yes, it's absolutely partisan. i was a he registered republican. now i'm a registered independent in florida, but i tell you this. this is not only unfair, it's untrue and what the republicans are doing is indespicable. to try to play this terrorism card against barack obama on this case is unfair, it's not right. now, what bothers me is the democrats have been no inept in fighting back on this. they have to go back and look at the facts. i'll give you a quick quote from jerry bremer, who is the president's first coordinator for counterterrorism set up in 1986. this is what he said in a speech in november of 1987 to the council of foreign relations in tam tampa, florida. he said terrorists are criminals, they commit criminal actions like murder,
the united states of america? to me that state of the union address was a joke. it was a lot of talk but nothing seems to get done. >> reporter: i hope the guy in the chair liked his hair cut as well. ireporter nelson may of north carolina says he's an independent. he says the democrats and republicans, he says they're not doing their jobs, but still he has hope. >> you might have the new america in which these politicians reach across the party lines, come to some agreement and actually care about solving the problems. >> there you go. >> reporter: now, our newsroom blog, tony, has been very busy with your viewers, independent voters describing themselves, sharing their political ideologies. he writes independents don't care about political affiliations, they just want to see progress an results. walter rights independents want change. neither party will deliver it. limit representatives and senators to two terms, just as the president. congress is not a career path. this viewer says get in, get things done, get out and make room for others with ideas. run again later, if you wish.
. the united states and the afghan government are facing multiple adversaries. there are multiple enemies. there are criminals. there are members of the taliban. there are members of al qaeda. and then there are tribal pashtun groups that are jockeying for power that had been doing so since the duran line was drawn between pakistan and afghanistan arbitrarily, separating tribes. and to be able to figure out who your adversary is, who is attacking you, requires you to engage the indigenous populations. it requires you to spot, assess, recruit, and train spies and launch them into the populations so that you can get accurate, eyes-on information to be able to target, because from that location, they have been targeting successfully and killing members of the hagani group, al qaeda, and senior taliban leaders. >> all right. so, some of the reports here, ken, is that the suspect was brought in as a potential informant, that they were going through the process of determining whether he could become one. what do they do to understand whether that is possible and whether it's safe to do so? >> w
. >>> let's get to weather now. cold and getting colder in much of the united states. and you, of course, are sending in your ireports to prove it. take a look at this. these pictures are in from janet molsom in omaha, nebraska. she said getting anywhere means driving through a maze flanked by walls of snow. that's pretty descriptive, janet. she also says this is the most snow she has seen in the ten and a half years she has lived in omaha. back to rob marciano as promised. we know for sure now, rob, this is not just cold, it is deadly cold. >> yeah, it's going to remain dangerously cold right through the weekend for a good chunk of the country. the pattern that's setting up is not entirely favorable to switching gears, like we see with most cold snaps. we get a cold snap, the air moderates, a storm comes in, scours out some of that cold air. all we're seeing is one air mass after another coming down from canada. until we exhaust that supply, we're looking at temperatures that are going to be below freezing in many cases, some in cases below zero. 28 in ashtabula with snow falling across
an unrelated recall involving 646,000 cars. 140,000 were sold in the united states as the honda fit. this recall covers 2007 and 2008 models, but not any later models. honda says extreme amounts of rain or melted snow can actually flood the master window power switch creating a fire hazard. it says the problem caused one death in south africa and there are no reports of any injuries, however, in the united states. >>> what's next for haiti? international efforts to rebuild the earthquake-ravaged country are in full force now, but it is nowhere near enough. to make matters worse, it's not even clear just how many are in dire need. barbara starr has that side of the story. >> reporter: desperate haitians struggling for food, water and shelter nearly three weeks after the earthquake. more than 100 countries and 500 relief organizations and 20,000 american troops are here. but it's still not enough for the more than 1 million displaced. listen to the top u.s. commander. >> we are still not up to meeting the needs of the haitian people as far as the amount of supplies that are there. we
of the screen if you are looking for these numbers, and if you are in the united states and you want to get information about the american loved ones in the quake zone, here is the number, 1-888-407-4747. that is the one set up by the state department. now, if you want information about the non-u.s. citizens in haiti call the red cross. again, if you want details about people in haiti who are not american nationals call the red cross, and that number is 1-800-red cross. the relief effort is under way live hanging in the balance there. we will be live in port-au-prince coming up in a moment. and here is another place that you can donate without worrying about scams. take a look at the screen. now get free delivery of walmart's $10 90-day generic prescriptions... matter where you live. plus get free shipping on over 3,000 other prescriptions. call 1-800-2-refill for your free home delivery. save money. live better. walmart. morning because my back hurt so bad. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon in today for rick sanchez. ivan watson has been on the scene in port-au-prince in haiti reall
the destruction of the country where you were born and to try to process that from here in the united states. >> wow, it's heart wrenching. especially looking at the pictures. seeing it on tv and experiencing it are two different things. i can only imagine what they are going through. seeing those pictures of all the kids dying, all the corps on the floor and not being able to identify anybody, being buried. it's unexplainable. you want to go, you want to jump in the next plane and go and help, but there is no way. >> let me tell everyone if you are just joining us, we are joined by talma joseph who was told her cousin was dead in haiti, then saw the photo last night on "larry king live." that is a photo taken by the associated press. they happened to get a picture of your cousin. now you are in a bittersweet situation of feeling some relief that she is alive, yet dealing with the fact she is severely injured plus all the feelings you have about the destruction in haiti there. >> that is a very tough situation, josh. -- captions by vitac -- >>> meantime, we want to take you str
messages going to, was it to people here in the united states, people in haiti? was it to rescuers? where were the text messages going to? >> reporter: as we understand it, from a representative of u.s. aid. we understand the message went to a relative, and in turn word spread from there, they called a radio station, the radio station called in a search and rescue unit, and finally they arrived and started digging. it's just, we have an incredible perch here to see what's going on. these two teams from l.a. county, and miami-dade florida. they've given us amazing access. they've been going at it none stop, it's really remarkable. believe you me, if someone's down there, they'll find them. >> susan, listen, you said someone set off a car alarm, do they believe this person may have had a key to set their own alarm off as an indication to someone who was above ground that something was going on? is that what you're saying? >> reporter: that's what they're guessing, that somehow from inside the building they may have been able to set off a car alarm, and that was followed by the text message.
rebellion, right? >> the united states didn't give up their slaves for another 60 years after the independence of haiti. the united states is reluctant to have any relations at all. interestingly, haiti also helped foment rebellion. they offered asylum to the leader of south america when he was in danger. >> people think of the modern day political uprisings, the corruption and blame that in large part to the poverty this country is facing today. in the modern day world, is that the root of why this country is so poor? why on average citizens are living on less than a dollar a day? >> if you think about the legacy of that first hundred years of independence, what happened was there were never resources put forward to educate the populous, to help them develop the skills necessary to participate in industrial development, for example. 80% to 90% illiteracy doesn't make you attractive to big business or big industry. you still aren't attractive in this day and age because of that same drawback. >> and now we have this horrible situation of this earthquake, which has devastated t
headlines across the globe. why? because iran blames the united states for it. and the fallout could have an enormous impact on world affairs. turns out the man who died this morning, the professor massoud ali mohammadi was a nuclear scientist, and there is also the issue of the timing, because his murder comes as iran and members of the united nations security council are waiting to see who blinks after both sides threw down ultimatums to each other over the nuclear program. the professor was killed by a remote-controlled bomb. that is something that the government calls obvious assassination. so, who had motive? the regime is placing blame on united states, israel, and its own people on the list of suspects. here is what the iranians said in their own words. they say that the attack, and i will quote here, revealed signs of the involvement of the zionist regime, the u.s. and their allies in iran, end quote. now they vowed to use the murder as a motivation to speed up the nuclear program which is shrouded in secrecy and controversy. iran wants to use nuclear fuel to power a medical react
of the aisle speaking without a script and just debating with each other. and a president of the united states in front of a hostile audience like that taking questions and answering off the top of his head for about an hour, was a huge opportunity for the republicans to show they have ideas, they have legislation, they are being responsible. and it was an even bigger opportunity, i think, for the president to show he is listening to the opposition. he is engaging them politely, disagreeing where he has to, but engaging them nonetheless. a political win declared on both sides here. i don't think it did he klauer as lot of hand holding and kumbaya in washington. >> we also saw the president taking on some assertions, as he put it. in some cases, where is the question here. you made assertions, but let me clarify those things first and move on with the question. there was challenging, but in an amicable way. >> the tone was respectful. the great thing about being president of the united states, you have home-court advantage no matter where you go. he did here even though he was meeting with the
throughout the day. >> i will tell you this. i was in haiti more than ten years ago when the united states was returning the president to power in that country and you take a tour of that country, you go through port-au-prince, you go through cite soleil which is unlike virtually any place you can imagine. i cannot imagine what that country, what that city is going through today. i'm happy we're able to get some people on the ground to share the experiences of the people who are there. i'm more happy that we're getting these ireports and first person accounts. josh, when you get the information, please share it with us. >> i'll see you this hour. >> rescuing those stuck, helping rebuild a country. it is the job for an international crisis group, but this group is living the disaster. we will talk to a woman who is living now in port-au-prince. that's coming up next. >>> first, the latest on the dow. the new york stock exchange right now. we are in positive territory for the morning, up 26 points. we're following these numbers throughout the day for you. >>> president obama says the u.s. ha
nations, including the united states. we know there are people on the ground from norway, for example, but it's going to take a while to get that rolling. hopefully sooner rather than later. tony, back to you. >> susan, before i let you go and i know i have to because you have other responsibilities to our various networks across several platforms, you have been to haiti on a couple of occasions, as i recall, to cover the aftermath of hurricanes and tropical storms. if you would take a moment and describe what you see now. >> reporter: sure. i've been coming here since the mid-'80s because of political turmoil as well as economic problems and natural disasters. it is indeed, if not the poorest, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. so on a good day, it is difficult to get around haiti. it is difficult for these people to make a living. and now you're seeing what little infrastructure they have, which was bad to begin with, come tumbling down. buildings falling apart. i can't even imagine the extent of the work that will have to be done to try to bring them up to at l
, and i asked him about the policy. of course, the united states has said that it will not allow anyone without visas to leave and to come in to the u.s. >> i've gone on the radio several times here and talked to the haitian people in french and creole and explained to them they should stay here. there's going to be a lot of money here, a lot of opportunities here when the time comes to rebuild this country. the united states will repatriate people on the high seas because it's a dangerous voyage. as we know, many thousands of people have lost their lievves over the years attempting that and that's not something we think people should attempt. there's a legal way to seek immigration to the united states, and we're going to encourage people to pursue those avenues. >> reporter: and so even though they want to get out many people here are just trying to make do as best as they can. there are all sorts of promises that there will be, for instance, money given by the u.n. for certain jobs. some $3 a day, which doesn't sound like much but is more than what many people get, which is less than
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